Sunday, January 23, 2011

Entertainment Resources and Shows in Our Queue

Are you ready for it?  It's ugly!  Don't say I didn't warn you.  Here you go.  We don't have cable.  GASP!  Our tv is used for watching dvds.  When Nate cancelled our cable, the lady asked him why he was cancelling, and he told her he was paying alot of money to channel surf.  In reality, we were so busy with other projects, that we never really had time to sit for hours and watch tv.  It was a waste of our money.  Plus, for the few shows I do watch, I found I can go online and watch them either through the network's website, Hulu, or YouTube. 

Okay, next.  Here's a double GASP for ya!  We don't use Netflix or rent dvds.  Why?  Because I can get just about any movie I like from the library.  What is great about the library is I can log into my account, search for the movie I want, put it on hold, and I get an email from the library when it has a copy, or most of the time, I find plenty of selections when I make my weekly visit.  Not only does the library have new releases and old classics, but it has an amazing collection of indie films.  I never fail to find something interesting there. 

The reason I say all of this is because I wanted to share a few things we've been watching on YouTube. 

Edwardian Farm

The much anticipated follow-up, at least in my house, to Victorian Farm.  Love it, love it, love it!  I was so disappointed when we finished Victorian Farm, and I'm going to be equally disappointed when we finish Edwardian Farm. 


FRESH celebrates the farmers, thinkers and business people across America who are re-inventing our food system. Each has witnessed the rapid transformation of our agriculture into an industrial model, and confronted the consequences: food contamination, environmental pollution, depletion of natural resources, and morbid obesity. Forging healthier, sustainable alternatives, they offer a practical vision for a future of our food and our planet.

Among several main characters, FRESH features urban farmer and activist, Will Allen, the recipient of MacArthur's 2008 Genius Award; sustainable farmer and entrepreneur, Joel Salatin, made famous by Michael Pollan's book, The Omnivore's Dilemma; and supermarket owner, David Ball, challenging our Wal-Mart dominated economy.

What are some of your favorite entertainment resources?  What's currently in your queue?

Happy homesteading,



  1. we cancelled our cable last summer, and don't miss it. Like you, our tv is for dvds, etc.

    We just finished Edwardian Farm and are now watching Victorian Farm. I've got Tales from the Green Valley saved to watch on youtube. My husband watches Stargate SG1 over and over again, but I'm not a big tv person.

  2. Hey, quick question, where did you find FRESH to watch? I can't find it anywhere, and I'd like to see it.

  3. If you click the link on this post, it should take you to YouTube. I've only watched one segment, so I don't know if the whole film is posted, but there are at least 6 segments posted, all about 9 minutes long. We've been watching Edwardian Farm in the evenings, so once we finish that, I'll switch over to Fresh. If the whole film isn't posted, I'm going to check with my library.

    I love Edwardian Farm, but I liked Victorian Farm better. In EF, you can definitely see the effects of the industrial revolution and the increase of imports and specialized markets starting to develop. Deversification seems to be headed out the back door. At least, that's my take on it.

  4. I love Joel and Michael Pollan!!!